The Ruby' series of swims incorporate distances from 10km to 200m. Each event is more than just a race. It's about taking in and enjoying everything the water and surroundings, above and below the line, has to offer. All the swims start and finish at Waterfall Creek either side of the rocky outcrop which forms the perfect natural Start / Finish beach area. The lake bed drops away quickly from here with it being covered in large, and it must be said, rather painful stones, so beware. Registration and admin will be in tents under the two large willows just back from the lake edge. There will be changing tents here too.
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Newcastle's iconic Australia Day harbor swim will return next year after the management team gained approval to run the event. There were fears the trans-harbor swim would never return after our club was forced to cancel it in January last year due to safety concerns and increased marine activity.
Club president Callan Nickerson said the swim had been running for 24 years and had only been canceled twice.Its a really uniquely Newcastle event and we wanted to ensure it had a future, he said.
The swim is a great way to kick off your Australia Day and not something that we wanted to lose. You dont get to swim across the worlds biggest coal port every day.Up to 400 swimmers from across NSW and Queensland are expected to compete in the ocean swim on January 26.
Thought to be New South Wales longest continuing running ocean swim with its first start in 1974, THE BIG SWIM presented by the Whale Beach Surf Lifesaving Club in association with Macquarie is a journey swim, not around the buoys in a bay, or up and down a beach outside the break but a true ocean swim, from Palm Beach to Whale Beach around the headland through the Tasman Sea.
Held on the last Sunday of January each year with a distance of 2.5 - 2.8 km, it is known as THE BIG SWIM because it is BIG. Conditions vary from dead calm to testing south-easterly or uncomfortable nor'easters which can arrive early in summer with swells from all directions making for challenging swimming when you breathe to the left.
A combination of great swims in the crystal clear blue waters of Ocean Grove, with live music, food and coffee vendors and a fun time for swimmers and their families. Plan to enjoy the whole day at Ocean Grove.
The event is now in its third year and proving extremely popular. Once maximum numbers are reached, entries will be closed. So get in early!
The Sydney Morning Herald Cole Classic will be held on Sunday, February 3, 2019. Experience Sydneys Northern Beaches with our iconic Cole Classic 1km, 2km, and 5km ocean swims celebrating 36 years.
Thousands of swimmers will gather in Manly to take part in one of Australia's largest ocean swims. This iconic event gives participants the opportunity to test their abilities over 1km, 2km, and 5km courses. The event aims to raise much-needed funds for more than 500 charities, including the Dee Why and Manly Surf Life Saving Clubs.
The MS 24 Hour Mega Swim is a fun team relay event where teams have a swimmer in the water for the entire 24 hours and compete for laps swum and money raised, in support for people living with multiple sclerosis. It is one of Australias most popular and fastest-growing fundraising events, bringing communities together.
Fourteen years strong and not slowing down, be part of Australias favourite long-course! The Big Husky Triathlon Festival has grown to become one of Australias most loved of the Long Course events. 2019 marks 14 years of Big Husky excitement!
Along with the Ultimate Distance race, there is a packed Huskisson triathlon program that includes Sprint & Super Sprint distance triathlons, Ocean Swim, Fun Runs, MINIMAN kids triathlon and a massive Health & Lifestyle Expo.
This years festival also features a new event the popular Classic Distance Triathlon.
Huskisson is a spectacular spot to race and holiday with great local cafes and restaurants, a range of accommodation from camping, cabins, motels, the famous Husky Pub through to beach front homes.
The Wollongong SPLASH is a program of events to experience ocean and harbour swims, swim-runs, beach runs and community events that the whole family, of any age, can participate in. This is a fun celebration of sand, surf, and beach fitness on the beautiful Illawarra coast.
The 2019 event has 3 Aquathon events: the Big Aqua, Mini Aqua, and the Kidz Aqua. The event also has 3 harbour swims with distances of 2km, 800m, and 400m. There really is something for every one!
Illawarra's picture perfect North Wollongong Beach and historic boat harbour, (an easy 80k south of Sydney) set the perfect landscape...
The iconic Mooloolaba Triathlon returns on 9-11 March 2018
Located in the heart of the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival has been a feature event on the Australian Triathlon Calendar.
Mooloolaba Triathlon stages a course that is famous for its ocean swim along with the electric buzz in the atmosphere as thousands of triathletes descend on this popular beach town. It's perfect for first timer and seasoned triathletes.
There is something for the whole family including the Mooloolaba Twilight 5km Run, 1k Ocean Swim, Superkidz Triathlon and the Special Tri. The event also features the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup, where participants will see some of the biggest names in triathlon swimming the same waters, cycling the same roads, and pounding the same pavement as their own course.
We look forward to seeing you at our 2,000 m Open Water swim event on Sunday 24th March 2019.
This event is proudly hosted by the Ballarat Triathlon Club along with our naming rights sponsor, Golden Nugget Bakery and will cater for all entrants who have an interest and desire to swim the magnificent 1956 Olympic Rowing Course. From the big guns that will swim it in under 30 minutes to everyday swimmers that just enjoy a challenge, this is the event for you, so come on down to Ballarat and dip your toes in the water and Swim to the Rings.
This is a family, pool-based triathlon with a rural bike around surrounding villages and a traffic-free run. A great intro for novices or a chance for more experienced athletes to lay down a marker!
This particularly spectator-friendly triathlon has the swim section at Bicester and Ploughley Leisure Centre with ample spectator viewing and the run section completely enclosed in Bicester Community College sports ground. The 20km bike route leaves transition at the sports field for a 2 lap circuit of Bicester and surrounding villages including Bucknell and Middleton Stoney.
The stunning Jervis Bay, NSW is the home to The Long Course Weekend (LCW) in 2019. The unique event lasts three days and this fun, inclusive format is ideal for clubs, training groups and families to come along and enjoy the benefits of training and racing together.
The weekend kicks off on Friday evening, where the LCW athletes have The Jervis Bay Swim to complete a 3.8km open water swim that takes place at Jervis Bay. The Swim also has a 1.9km and 950m distances.
On Saturday the attention turns to The Jervis Bay Grand Fondo, a 180km ride of undulating countryside that also incorporates 90km and 45km distances to attract athletes of all abilities.
To finish the weekend, the athletes will complete The Run a 42.2km marathon taking in the beautiful coastline of Jervis Bay and Huskinson. There is also a 21.1km run and a 10km run which allows everyone to be involved.
More than 1500 competitors are expected to attend the LCW with approximately 300 athletes attempting to receive the Long Course Weekend medal, which entails completing all three of the longest distances. Successful LCW athletes will be awarded with the LCW medal and polo shirt at the finish line presentation on Sunday after the marathon.
What you need to know about swimming
Swimming races and open water swimming events generally tend to be between 1—10km in length, however, more challenging swims can be up to 80km long. Swims over 10km are classed as Marathon Swims, These events take place in lakes or in the sea, often with a great atmosphere and a festival vibe. If you’re just starting out, get some practice in a pool first, temperature and choppiness are factors to consider before diving in.
From a quick dip in Dorney lake to mastering the Windermere One Way, we’ve collected some of the best open water swimming races below. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to throw in some other disciplines, you can check out our pages on Swimrun & Triathlon too.